Who are the "spacists"?

Marko Rauhamaa marko at pacujo.net
Mon Mar 20 09:30:39 EDT 2017


Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com>:

> On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 8:56 PM, Marko Rauhamaa <marko at pacujo.net> wrote:
>> I bet some terminal emulators support ANSI escape sequences to set
>> the tab stops to arbitrary columns, but nobody uses that
>> type-writer-era mechanism.
>
> Probably not. Most people would use the tabs(1) command instead.

>From "man tabs":

       Use "-8" to set tabs to the standard interval.

I'd argue most people never touch the standard interval.

>>> The different kinds of whitespace have different semantic meanings,
>>
>> Only in your head (and Makefiles).
>
> And in the Unicode specifications,

Unicode was 25 years late to the game, but please point me to the
paragraph anyway.


Marko


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